Toys to Make Your Kids King of the Hill on the Neighborhood Playground

A great way to get kids excited about playing outside is to let them engage in friendly battles and competitive games with their friends using some of the great projectile toys that are available now. There’s a huge variety to choose from, including foam dart blasters, rubber band launchers, water blasters, and water balloons. All of these products are designed and manufactured with safety in mind, so kids can have a good time without worrying about hurting each other.

Running and dodging around playground battlefields can provide a lot of entertainment and exercise for kids in the fresh air and sunshine. Have you equipped your kids so they can join in the fun and compete to be king of the hill on the neighborhood playground?


Water balloons provide a great way to cool down on a hot summer day. Whether you want to play a competitive game of catch  to be the last person not to get wet, or wildly chuck them at each other for a totally soaked water balloon fight, Bunch O Balloons from ZURU makes the filling and tying process a breeze, thanks to the patented, water-fill technology. Simply connect a bundle of Bunch O Balloons to a garden hose or faucet, let the water flow, and shake when they are full. Within 60 seconds you’ll have yourself 100 self-sealed water balloons.


Another nice way to cool off during the summer is getting drenched in a water blaster battle. Prime Time Toys released a great new line of water blasters that are perfect for active outdoor play. The Adventure Force line of water blasters features several versions to choose from, but I recommend The Super Storm! It can project water an amazing 38 feet through an easy-to-use pump action feature. It also has a storage tank that holds more than half a gallon of water, so it doesn’t constantly need to be refilled. The Super Storm also has a switchable nozzle, allowing three different options for spraying people: Super Soak Blast, Long-Range, and Quad-Stream. The latter simultaneously directs four streams of water at your target.


Don’t want to get wet? Have some fun with foam dart battles instead! Prime Time Toys’ Dart Zone Blasters provide a variety of options. Choose from light-weight, short-range blasters, to long-range, multi-dart projectile launchers. My kids’ favorite is the motorized Enforcer Belt Blaster, which can launch in rapid succession 40 foam darts in under 30 seconds up to a distance of 80 feet away.

For children who enjoy tinkering, K’NEX‘s K-Force Build and Blast line allows kids to construct their own dart blasters.  The 201-piece set allows kids to construct four variations of the toy as well as build a target to play with. K’NEX KFORCE BUILD AND BLAST comes with its own foam darts that kids can launch up to 75 feet from a five-shot rotating chamber. There are twelve building sets to choose from, including a crossbow, motorized blaster, and double draw duel blaster target shooting completion kit. These building sets will get kids thinking about engineering and mechanics adding an educational element to the play experience.


The Precision RBS (Rubber Band System) Hyperion from Super Impulse is great for target shooting. It can hit a target from up to 50 feet away with pinpoint accuracy. Load it with different band sizes to adjust from hitting short-range to long-distance targets. It also features a blast feature, which launches 14 bands at the same time. However, make sure to only give these to older kids, and encourage kids to only shoot at inanimate targets, as the rubber bands can potentially sting upon impact.

The value in using rubber bands as part of a projectile toy is that because they aren’t rigid. The bands collapse and distribute their energy along their entire length lessening the force of impact. They also float with a flat trajectory which provides them with better accuracy than foam darts or ball-shaped projectiles. For a bit of STEM learning, encourage your children to look up the Lariat and Magnus effects of physics. They can get a better understanding of how rubber bands soar through the air.


While projectile toys present a minimal risk of hurting someone, they can potentially cause an injury if used improperly or recklessly. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Abide by the age recommendations listed on the toy. If the packaging says 8+, don’t give the toy to a 4 year old to play with.
  • Eye injuries are the most likely resulting from these toys. Always wear eye protection when interacting with other people. You can find affordable safety glasses or goggles that will work just fine at your local hardware store. We have some kept in the garage the kids use when playing with their foam dart blasters and rubber band launchers. These are the same ones I also wear when weed-whipping around the yard.
  • Stress the importance of never shooting at someone’s face or throat with a projectile toy. Make sure children understand how that could result in an injury. Take the toy away from a child immediately if they are caught breaking this rule and reinforce with them what they did was wrong.
  • Avoid misfires by keeping your finger off the trigger until you are ready to launch a projectile. Keep the toy unloaded until it is ready to be played with. Never look down the barrel of a launcher even if you think it is not loaded.
  • Have a discussion about the difference between a toy and a real weapon. Make sure children understand guns are not things to be played with and can be deadly. Use a projectile toy as an opportunity to have a positive conversation about gun responsibility and safety with a child.
  • Never shoot at animals, as that can cause wild ones to become aggravated and aggressive toward you, or cause pets to lose their trust in humans.

If you are looking for a way to get kids playing outside, consider picking up some projectile toys. Whether it is a game of water balloon toss, a target shooting competition or a foam dart battle, kids are sure to have a lot of fun.

Which of these toys do you think would be your kid’s favorite to play with?

22 Responses to “Toys to Make Your Kids King of the Hill on the Neighborhood Playground”

  1. I think these are pretty cool toys to have especially during the summer! It looks like a lot of fun and I’m sure it’s going to be a hit with the kids.

  2. Gotta love those toys! My son always had a blast playing with water balloons and water blasters with his cousins when he was younger.

  3. Last year for Christmas we bought all the neighborhood kids various toys to play with like these! We like on a court and every house has at least 1 child around my son’s age group, and they play together all the time. This was perfect and still, a year later, they play with the stuff we bought as a group and it keeps them entertained for hours!

  4. Kathy

    Now this is a toy I’d love to have around the house. I have two girls, but they love playing with stuff like this. It’s always so much fun!

  5. These are the games I LOVE playing with my kids! I wish I still had my old school super soaker, but these products look like good ones to collect and destroy each other with over the summertime! mwah haha!

  6. Kids seem to flock towards the kids who have cool toys. I remember the super soakers growing up. You were cool if you had one so that you could play.

  7. These toys are fantastic! I want the Dart Blasters for myself – Hee-hee! I would use it to wake the kids in the morning! So much fun! 🙂

  8. We don’t use any water guns or any toy that resembles a gun, but we are huge fans of Bunch of Balloons. Can’t wait for summer!

  9. Jeni Hawkins

    These all look like so much fun! I remember having things similar to this when I was a kid and they were the bomb.

  10. These all seem like amazing toys to make your kids feel like kings in their neighborhoods! I a couple of those bunches of balloons for myself!!

  11. These are super fun suggestions. My twin granddaughters love water balloons. Actually, anything that involves playing with water, they love.

  12. My son used to be obsessed with foam darr blasters. I swear I’m still finding darts in the backyard…and he’s in college now! Lol.

  13. Jennifer Van Huss

    My kids love bunch o balloons! They are so easy to fill and provide many minutes of fun! As a Mom, I appreciate how quick it is to fill 50 balloons!

  14. Oh My lol that one on the photo is HUGE – I love playing with water toys and outdoor toys. I do not think we ever grow out of having this kind of fun! Great article!

  15. Talk about fun! My kids would have a blast with all of these toys, but anything water related is great for those hot summer days.

  16. Those look like a lot of fun! My boys love playing with stuff like this! I can’t wait until it finally warms up and stays warm in OH so we can enjoy fun toys like this!

  17. OK that blaster that you make with K’nex is seriously cool! I would like to make that with my kiddo that would be so much fun.


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